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Nocturnal (sort of): Most loaches are children of the night. They like to prowl when the sun goes down. Clown loaches are happy to work the day shift. When you feed them, they eat. They prefer dimmer tanks. Float some watersprite on the surface and your loaches will thank you.
Water Conditions: Although they come from soft acid water originally, clown loaches adapt to most water conditions. Just keep their water clean.
Appeal: You can’t beat clown loach colors. Younguns start out yellow with black bars trimmed with orange fins and tail. As they grow, their bodies turn oranger and their black bars darken. Their fins and tail turn a bright orange.
Size: In aquariums, you rarely see clown loaches larger than six inches. Larger clowns color up much better than young ones. They grow 50 to 100% larger in the wild where they get more room (and food).
Schoolers: Clown loaches love to school together. Don’t stop with just one. Singles tend to pout. The more the merrier. They get along great with their own species – unlike many botias, which hate each other and any other fish that looks like them.
Mixers: They get along well with most larger fishes. Those little pop-up knives by their eyes keep other fishes from pestering them more than once. These switch-blade knives also protect their eyes as they plow thru their substrate in search of snacks.
Tank Mates: Gouramis, goldfish, and larger barbs make good tank mates. You can also mix your clown loaches with equal-sized non-violent American cichlids. If you mix them with territorial cichlids, expect lots of fights. Clown loaches tend to win those fights. The switchblade knives help.
Breeding: Clown loaches do not breed in captivity.
Foods: Clown loaches usually start out about half starved. Plump their little bellies up with frozen brine shrimp or blood worms. Give them some live black worms, too. Clown loaches eagerly eat flake foods after a week or so. They seem to adapt quicker when kept in groups. They eat better when they cavort and compete with each other.
Gravel Choice: Good foods seem to affect the colors of clown loaches more than the substrate color. White or light colored substrates can make their tank lots brighter than they prefer.
Plants: Add some grassy plants such as vallisneria or sagittarius to make your clown loaches feel more at home. Even anacharis or plastic plants help. They like to snack on live plants.
Hiding Places: Give them some caves to hide in. They prefer to stay out of bright light during the day. They need a hideout the most when they’re small.
Disease: Clown loaches catch ich at the drop of a hat. Plan on it, whether you own a hat or not. Give them a half-strength dose of ich cure when you take yours home. Any kind of stress puts out the welcome mat for the neighborhood ich germs. When using any medications, use them carefully. The clown loaches’ sensitive skin makes them susceptible to most dye treatments.
loaches demand clean water. Do
not overfeed. And you cannot use
snails to clean up uneaten food.
Color Bumpers: Well
fed clown develop very rich colors. We’ve had the guy above about
four days. He (and another new arrival) is in with a clutch of a
dozen or so slightly smaller clown loaches, so he’s not pale from loneliness.
He’s not skinny or in poor water. He just needs some carotenoids
in his diet to bring out his reds, oranges, and yellows.
Solution? Feed him some brine shrimp, plankton, baby shrimp, and/or
frozen bloodworms. He’ll color up over time.
Clown loaches look good at any age. They improve as they
mature. You may run across a larger (and uglier) royal clown loach.
Not really a close relative but they do cost a royal bundle.
Jamie McIntosh, June 7, 2011
hi again on your clown loach page it says they don't breed in captivity but they have a look at this website http://www.loaches.com/articles/clown-loach-breeding-related-items
A: Thanks for the report which starts out like this :
However, the report went on to mention that they have been "injection spawned" in S.E. Asia and the Czech Republic. So, you can just zip on over to Walgreen's and buy some of the carp hormone and a set of hypodermic needles. Thanks. I'm adding your info to my clown loach page. LA
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